I got started making handmade crafts when I was pretty small. I wanted to give Christmas gifts to everyone I knew, but, of course, I didn't have any money. I got my ideas from my parents and relatives, who had been making Christmas gifts since they were young. I guess it's a family tradition.
Most of those early efforts were pretty sad--after all, they were the efforts of a kid who didn't have all her front teeth--but they taught me a few important things. For one, handmade is special. Of course, Grandma and Grandpa really love anything their grandkids made for them, just because it came from those little hands. Beyond that, it is special because it is unique. In this heavily-merchandised world, it is rare to own something you know the rest of the world does not. Next, handmade is difficult. It may look effortless, but coming up with an idea and executing it well takes practice, skill, and lots of creativity. Not everyone is cut out for it. Finally, handmade is not necessarily cheaper. If I calculated an hourly salary for time spent, and added in expenses like failed craft project materials, it would be more expensive than going to the mall. Frankly, you make handmade because you love it.
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Well, that's enough for now, I suppose. Be back here later. Happy crafting!